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After comparing multiple projectors and deciding how good they are based on their price, projection quality, and overall gaming performance. We have reviewed the five best projectors for gaming, which you can also use as your home and office projectors.
BenQ TK800M – Best Projector for 4K Gaming
The BenQ TK800 is an affordable 4K projector with 3,000 lumens so you can use it in a well-lit room. It has a powerful 0.47-inch DLP chip and a dynamic iris for balancing brightness and contrast. The unit also features vertical keystone technology that syncs well with your gaming system. If your budget is around $1200-$1300, the TK800 is one of the best 4K projectors for gaming at this price.
Design and Ports
The design is similar to the older model by BenQ, the front is bright blue, and the rest of the body is white. The unit measures 10.7 x 13.9 x 5.3 inches and weighs 9.2 pounds. On the front, it has the lens, BenQ’s branding, and a cutout. The top has a focus ring, zoom dial, three indicators, and all the buttons you need to control the projector without the remote. The back has a MINI-B port, audio in and audio out ports, a VGA input, a 4K HDMI port, an HD HDMI port, a USB port, a serial port, and a 12-volt trigger.
The TK800 projector’s DLP chip is not 3840×2160 pixels. It uses XPR technology, which is pixel-shifting technology that helps achieve 4K resolution by producing 8 million pixels. The projector supports High Dynamic Range, with BenQ’s auto HDR Color Rendition technology it can project HDR with better brightness and contrast than SDR. The TK800 has 3000 lumens; thus, you can use it in rooms with a lot of ambient light, and you’ll still get a decent quality.
The projector has an input lag of 43 ms, which is pretty good for casual gaming but not exceptional for hardcore gamers. It also has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, but the black levels aren’t excellent, there is also a built-in 5-watt speaker, which is just about average, so we recommend using external home theater speakers.
- Excellent motion handling
- Preconfigured viewing modes
- Automatic HDR color rendition
- Light spillage
- Poor black levels
- Makes noise even in Eco mode
ViewSonic PX706HD – Short Throw Gaming Projector
The ViewSonic PX706HD is built with a focus on gaming first and home theater second. It has the 3D capability, full HD 1080p resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This portable gaming projector features Sonic Expert Technology, and it delivers fantastic gaming visuals with high FPS and low lag. You can use this gaming projector in any size gaming room or home theater.
Design and Ports
The projector has a boxy and compact design; it measures 4.53 x 11.53 x 8.66 inches and weighs 5.95 pounds. The front of the projector has the IR remote sensor and the Fisheye looking lens with a lens cover; the top has the zoom and the focus ring, control buttons, and ViewSonic’s branding. Both sides have big cutouts which relate to ViewSonic’s Sonic Expert Technology that enhances the audio output.
The projector base has tripod configuration; it has an adjustable leg, two non-adjustable legs, and mounting holes for permanent installation. The back panel has 2 HDMI 1.4 ports, VGA port, mini USB, composite video, a 3.5mm audio in, and a 3.5mm audio out.
Setting up the PX706HD is pretty easy, just plug in the power, HDMI and align the unit to match your screen. Its color accuracy is accurate in comparison to other gaming projectors at this price. Its Eco mode reduces lumen output by about 33%, and SuperEco lowers image brightness by 70%. The video performance is fantastic within the recommended 120″ size, although it can produce images up to 300 inches. It delivers well-saturated colors and contrast; shadow details are excellent too.
Its menu has a Sharpness setting, but it works only for composite video input. The latency is 16ms; the projector delivers impressive game graphics while playing the nicest games such as Rock Band 4, Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, Fortnite, Call Of Duty, The Witcher 3, Far Cry 5. These are some of the best games available in Xbox and PlayStation. Even if you have a mid-level gaming PC with a decent graphic card like GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070, you’ll still get amazing graphics.
Its lamp has a lamp life of 4000 hours in Normal mode, 10,000 hours in Eco, and 15,000 hours in Dynamic Eco. The PX706HD comes with a three-year warranty for the projector and one year warranty for the light source.
- 3,000 ANSI Lumens
- DLP Technology
- USB Type-C
- 16ms Latency
- 1080p HD Resolution
- 5-Watt Mono Speaker
- 22,000:1 Contrast Ratio
- 15,000 hours Lamp Life
- Can be connected to PC, Mac, and other Smart Devices
- Single speaker
- Expensive lamp
Epson Home Cinema 5050UB
The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB is a high-quality projector, and you can use it for movies, TV shows, and gaming. It uses pixel-shifting technology to deliver Ultra HD resolution, which can give tough competition to a native Ultra HD projector. The response time is also good at 23.5ms. Thus, you don’t have to worry about input lag. The unit comes with a wireless transmitter, which lets you connect the projector with a gaming computer or console.
Design and Ports
The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB is bigger than it looks in images. It measures 17.7 x 20.4 x 7.5 inches and weighs 24.7 pounds. It has a fluid feel and curved corners, the unit is white with golden highlights. The front has two large grills for ventilation, and the lens is in the center next to Epson’s branding. On the left side of the projector are power and source buttons with a door that contains menu navigation buttons.
On the back of the projector is where you’ll find all the essential ports. It has two HDMI 2.0 inputs, which run at 18Gbps bandwidth, a USB-A port, and an Ethernet port for fast internet connection, VGA port, and an RS-232C port. It comes with a backlit remote that you can use to control volume, change picture settings, set input source, and have dedicated keys for frequently accessed features.
Like most projectors in this range, it has motion smoothing, which is optional. Frame interpolation is also there that makes the projection smoother by inserting frames in between the existing frames. But, the 4K enhancement feature has to be off if you want to use the frame interpolation. The projector has multiple color modes, including Cinema, Black & White Cinema, Bright Cinema, Natural, Dynamic, Digital Cinema, 3D Cinema, and 3D Dynamic.
The projection quality is breathtaking; you can see every minor detail while playing the nicest games in your gaming PC or gaming Console. You’ll have no trouble picking out fine detail even in the darkest scenes while playing games like “The Last Of Us” and “Uncharted,” thanks to 10-bit HDR processing.
- Beautiful picture quality
- Excellent HDR performance
- Multiple options to tweak the picture
- Great contrast and color accuracy
- Large size
BenQ TH671ST – Short Throw Gaming Projector
The BenQ TH671ST is among the best gaming projectors available on the market. The short-throw projector uses a single-chip DLP light engine from Texas Instruments and has 1080p resolution, 3,000-ANSI lumens, and 16.4 ms input lag, which is ideal for serious gamers. This will be a great choice if you are looking for a gaming projector that can handle presentations and can also be used as a home theater projector. It also has an advanced sensory system that can detect ambient light to adjust brightness and contrast.
Design and Ports
The rounded shape gives it a beautiful look; the lens is on the front and is surrounded by a red ring. On top, you’ll find BenQ’s logo, power button, menu buttons, and LED lights. Over the lens, it has a zoom dial and focus ring. Ventilation is pretty good with a fan that barely makes any noise. The back has two 3.5mm input and output jacks, two HDMI ports, one of which supports MHL, USB Type-A, RS-232, VGA port, and a mini USB port.
At a distance of 5 feet, the projector can display a 100″ diagonal picture on your wall. The color accuracy is good, and it delivers proper contrast for movies and gaming. Its daylight performance makes it an excellent projector for office presentations as well. The 5 picture modes can be calibrated, or you can create your configuration and rename it.
Input lag can also be controlled by using Fast Mode that lowers latency without affecting video performance. You can also buy BenQ’s 3D glasses or of other brands. All of these features make this projector perfect for gamers and anyone who wants a projector for home theater, office, or the one they can set up in the backyard for a movie night.
- Accurate colors
- Compact design
- Outstanding intra-image contrast
- Low input lag for excellent gaming performance
- 4,000-hour lamp life at full power, 10,000 hours in Eco mode, 15,000 hours in LampSave mode.
- Remote does not have backlit
Optoma HD243X – For Movies and Gaming
Optoma is a global leader in projection and audio technology; their Optoma HD243X is a 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution projector with DLP technology. It is a multi-functional home theater projector, so you can also watch your favorite movies and TV shows when you are not gaming. The unit also comes with an easy-to-use backlit remote that you can use in the dark.
Design and Ports
The projector is made of ABS plastic and measures 12.44 x 9.2 x 4.27 inches, its total weight is around 6.8 lbs, the front has the lens and a sensor, on top it has a focus wheel with rubber texture coating and Optoma’s branding, eight buttons, three LED lights, and a senor. Both left, and the right sides have big cutouts for ventilation.
The back has 12 volts out, audio out, 3D sync, two HDMI ports, a power input, a USB port but it’s not for streaming content using a flash drive, it’s a power delivery port, there is also some text on the back including the serial number. The only practical issue it has is the lack of a lens cap. Optoma also promotes this as a portable projector so you can carry this in a backpack.
The HD243X is a 1080p projector with 3300 ANSI lumens; it can be used without drawing the curtains if you use its bright mode. However, if you want to experience its excellent projection quality in any configuration, use the projector in the dark. The unit has dynamic black level performance, ISF calibration modes, 3D capability, and enhanced gaming mode, which can take down the lag time to 16ms.
It also features a sig-segment RYGCWB color wheel with red, yellow, green, cyan, white, and blue colors. It performs better than usual RGBRGB or an RGBW color wheel. The HD243X has an impressive lamp life of up to 15,000 hours and has a contrast ratio of 24000:1. The 10-watt built-in speaker provides decent sound quality, and you can also connect your external speakers.
The quality at this price makes the HD243X one of the best projectors for gaming.
- 3D capability
- Low input lag
- Excellent image quality
- Vertical keystone correction
- No lens cap
- Scott Wilkinson, BENQ TK800M Review, Projector Reviews.
- Rob Sabin, Epson Home Cinema 5050UB
4K Projector Review, Projector Central.
- M. David Stone, BenQ TH671ST Projector Review, Projector Central.
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